President Obama told the public in a recent speech that our elected officials have to make the hard choices and address the entitlements given to Social Security and disabled veteran recipients -- making us recipients the problem.
In doing so, he has not only demonized those who have worked hard all their lives, he has insulted every veteran who laid his or her life on the line by making it look like we are a burden to society for having grown old or served our country.
Whether he realized it or not, those of us who were wounded in combat didn't have our hand out looking for money from our government. The entitlement that everyone seems to want to demonize was a compensation for services rendered while defending the edicts of our country's lawmakers in wars in foreign lands.
Having said the above, I want to state that it is the people in government who are at fault for not budgeting our tax dollars properly. It is the president's fault for not governing within the confines of what the government takes in from our taxes. It also is the president's fault for mismanaging our country from the very beginning. It is not the fault of those of us who are being compensated for the sacrifices we made for our country.
The fact that our president refuses to accept responsibility for his lack of leadership, and tried to pawn off the dismal state of affairs in our country by blaming entitlement programs, is yet another pathetic excuse to cover up his incompetence.
Gregory J. Topliff